Book clubs aren’t just for adults! Whether your child is a bookworm or a reluctant reader, a book club is a fun, social way to explore reading outside of school. A kid’s book club can help your child develop friendships outside of school, explore their interests, and create a lifelong love of learning. The following tips can help you and your child start a book club in your area.
1. Schedule the first meeting. Find a meeting location that is convenient to all the children invited. Parks and libraries are good locations, while members can also take turns hosting in their homes. Most book clubs meet once per month, which gives time between meetings for everyone to read the chosen book.
2. Send out the invitations. Help your child design and send invitations to the book club meeting. Ideally, book clubs should have between five and eight members. The amount of members encourages lively conversation while still giving everyone a chance to speak. While children of all ages can participate, independent readers in second grade and up are often most interested in reading and book discussion.
3. Provide drinks and snacks. Starting book club with a healthy snack is a great way to break the ice at the beginning of each meeting. Get creative by thinking of snacks that tie in to that month’s book!
4. Jumpstart the discussion. Parents can help start the discussion by asking guiding questions. Who was your favorite character? Did you like how the book ended? What was your favorite scene?
5. Plan a second activity. After the discussion, plan an activity or game that goes along with the theme of the book. After reading Diary Of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
children can make their own comic strips. If Gloria Whelan’s Homeless Bird was the book of the month, help kids make their own pinecone bird feeders.
6. Tie in a movie. Movies can still be a part of book club! If the book of the month has an age-appropriate adaptation, consider watching the movie after reading and discussing the novel. After the movie, compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the stories.